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:00 out west. thanks for starting your day with us. we start with syria and a plan for dealing with the country's chemical weapons. president obama has threatened action if chemical weapons are used, and now we have learned that the pentagon is updating military options for the president. we'll have more on the president's red line and the military options in about ten minutes. >>> belize will have to wait a little longer to question former internet mogul john mcafee about his neighbor's murder. a judge in guatemala says mcafee can remain in the country until his immigration case is heard in court. well, that could take another month. mac afee is recovering after be a apparent collapse. he had been on the run for weeks but insists he has nothing to do with his neighbor's death. >>> charlie crist announced friday on twitter he's officially a democrat. crist spoke at the democratic national convention in september as an independent. he ran for the u.s. senate two years ago as an independent but lost to marco rubio and served as governor of florida as a republican. sum are specula
. >> the president of syria could be taking his finger off the trigger but the civil war there is is the most deadly ever and the rebels score add big victory. is syria's regime now falling in we will get indo that on "studio b" today. [ male announcer ] red lobster's hitting the streets to tell real people about our new 15 under $15 menu. oh my goodness! oh my gosh, this looks amazing! [ male announcer ] our new maine stays! 15entrees under $15, seafood, chicken and more! oothe tilapiawith roastedegetab! i'm actually looking at the wo grilled chicken with portobello wine sauce. at pork chop was great! no more fast food friday's! we're going to go to red lobster. yep. [ male announcer ] come try our new menu and sea food differently and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. salad, sandwiches, and more. >>shepard: the cops released new security footage that show moments before a gunman shot another man dead during a busy afternoon in midtown manhattan yesterday. cops say it was definitely a planned hit. here is the surveillance video. the police say the shooter is on the left side of your scree
there is troubling news on the civil war that is raging some 21 months now in syria. the international envoy trying to help end the violence there says that he's still worried there's been no progress in the ending of the bloodshed that's claimed thousands of lives. hi, everybody, i'm jaime colby, today i'm in nor jenna lee. >> reporter: i'm kelly wright in nor jon scott. the u.n. envoy meeting face to nice with the syrian president today. while their account of that meeting was lens hopeful we are hearing now even more troubling reports the syrian army may have used a deadly poisonous gas on their own citizens. leland vittert lived from bethlehem in the west bank with more details. good day to you. >> reporter: good day. it's a little bit tear lee to figure out what may or may not have happened in terms of a report of a possible chemical weapons attack. right now we are seeing no serious split along religious lines inside that country. you can see it from the latest video. an air strike on what the rebels claim was a bakery line. when you look at this video it shows a lot of armed men in camoufla
state. >>> syria may have no working internet right now, but the fighting is raging on. the country's civil war is focusing right new on damascus international airport on the outskirts of the capital there. rebels say they have surrounded it on one side. they are trying to keep the government's war jets grounded and stop its flow of weapons. syrian state-run tv insists the airport is functioning normally. >>> mexico will swear in a new president in just a few hours when enrique pena nieto takes the oath. he named his new cabinet yesterday, you see him here. he also took control of the armed forces in a traditional midnight ceremony. >> teaching children with autism isn't always easy, but help may be on the way from an unexpected place. an ipad app and a green robot. joe carter has more in today's "start small, think big." >> reporter: children with autism are getting help from a friendly creature. >> it's a robotic system designed to help people with autism learn and practice skills in a fun way. >> can you help me? >> reporter: like making their bed or brushing their teeth. student
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developments in syria right now. including an effort to save innocent lives via a secret television channel that the government can't stop. i heard you guys can ship ground for less than the ups store. that's right. i've learned the only way to get a holiday deal is to camp out. you know we've been open all night. is this a trick to get my spot? [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. save on ground shipping at fedex office. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. social security are just numbers thinkin a budget.d... well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would hurt all of us. >>> syria's opposition says at least seven more people were killed in fighting today. as the civil war rages on, a group of refugee journalists now going to
. a top syrian general responsible for preventing military defections has defected himself to syria's opposition brigit major-general abdul al-shallal, the head of syria's military police, crossed into neighboring turkey and a daring break with the regime of syrian president bashar al-assad. in a statement to the news network, he accused the syrian military of turning on the people of syria. >> i am major-general abdul al- shallal, chief of the military police in syria. i declare my defection from the regime's army because of its deviation from its fundamental mission to protect the nation and its transformation to killing and destruction. >> his departure marks the key setback for the al-assad regime, as he was tasked with preventing defectors and with overseeing the imprisonment of civilian dissidents. egyptian president mohamed morsi has made a renewed call for national dialogue following the enactment of egypt's new constitution. in his first national address since signing the constitution into law, morsi called for unity in the aftermath of egypt's divisive referendum. >> becau
to the media. >>> syria's ruthless regime may have little time left. president assad is losing his country's bloody civil war and now the foreign ministry denies that statement this morning. the rebels are outside the capital and gaining ground, but many groups with competing interests among the ranks and assad's fall would not mean an end to the fighting. >> don't really have a good sense. to the extent that external organizations are in there in some extremist form, the worry is the retribution afterwards and access to chemical weapons. >> this week, the u.s., europe and allies recognized the opposition, which could speed up international aid. but some factions of the rebels are known to have ties to al qaeda. that is the lingering question, you knock out the leader, but what is left, building a new country sometimes is the more difficult part compared to getting rid of the dictator. look at egypt and the mess they're going through. >> but the state department is encouraging russia to withdraw their support and join with the u.s. in implementing a political transition. that has not happe
was. >> gretchen: a warning for syria after they start to move the chemical weapons. >> the world is watching . the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there would be conquences and you will be held accountable. >> gretchen: hopefully. president assad claims he would never use chemical weapons. this would be on his own people. but assad has been massacring his own people. his father was accused of using sign nide that left 20,000 people. do you think that he listened and sitting back. maybe i should listen to president obama. >> brian: i wonder how many of them have an iraqi return address on them. ceo of cheesecake factory warns that president's health care law causes price to rise. >> we spend millions on health care and we don't know how much more we pay. for businesses that don't cover employees, they will be in for a very expensivuation. >> brian: right now they cover everyone that works over 25 hours. >> steve: meanwhile, a teen taking on a toy company for her little brother. >> why don't th
development overseas, evidence that the government of syria could be ready to unleash chemical and biological weapons against the rebels. of course, the syria officials there deny this, but actions are saying a much, much different story. >>> and the american officials on the other hand are saying, look, use of chemical weapons would be a red line. this is still hanging over the country and could prompt military action. our soldiers on the ground there. that's why it is important to keep an eye on that. >>> also this half hour, the latest on the jovan belcher tragedy. the people closest to the nfl linebacker and the girlfriend he killed are speaking out now about the shocking murder suicide. we are also going to talk about a report that came in, "the new york post"over night, that gave details to what he was doing hours before the murder. very, very interesting. >>> later this half hour, magic man, our polkameister, sitting down with penn jillette to talk about harry houdini, magic, and familia. >>> kate middleton spending a second day in the london hospital and prince william has been at his
. >> thanks always, sir. do appreciate that. >>> meanwhile, in syria, rebel forces are battling government troops in the suburbs near damascus. president assad desperately clings to power there. the rebels are also moving towards the damascus international airport just south of the capital. clashes in the area forced the closure of the airport road for the second time this week. all of this as secretary of state hillary clinton confirmed that the u.s. and russia are in, in fact, working toward a political solution led by the u.n. special envoy to syria. >> the united states stands with the syrian people in insisting that any transition process result in a unified, democratic syria in which all citizens are represented. a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. >> the syrian conflict is also aif he canning the region now. beyond the fears of chemical weapons being used, today the jordanian armed forces returned fire after several shells fired from syria landed in their territory and wounded a soldier. up next back here, big earthquake hits the same japanese coast devastated by la
following days of anti-government rallies and clashes. >>> fighting continues to rage in syria's civil war. syrian rebels say they have surrounded the country's main airport on one side. they say they're trying to keep the country's war jets grounded and stop its flow of weapons. syrian state run tv insists the airport is running normally. >>> ford is issuing a voluntary recall of its ford escape models today following reports of overheating followed by vehicle fires. no injury is reported. if you own one of these models, ford advises you to consult your dealer immediately. repair procedures still not known. >>> for a small fighter, hector camacho often seemed larger than life. that life ended early. he was shot last week outside a bar near san juan and died a week ago. he will be buried nay the bronx. >>> and today marks world aids day. the white house marking the event by displaying a red ribbon, an international symbol of support and awareness. president obama says in part that the united states is committed to preventing the disease's spread and "end this pandemic once and for all." >>
forced to delay a trip aimed at providing more support to the opposition in syria. clinton reportedly has a so many abstomach virus. she will take part with leaders on the syrian crisis. they recognize the syrian opposition as legitimate representatives of the people in that country. martha: accused colorado shooter james holmes is expected to be in court in under an hour today. this will be the first appearance for the man accused of killing 12 people in that horrific night in that crowded theater, and he reportedly tried to kill himself in his jail sell last month. alicia acuna live on this story from centennial, colorado. what is expected to happen in there today? >> reporter: good morning, martha. james holmes defense team is asking the judge to sanction the prosecution over leaks to the media, specifically that notebook we've heard so much about that james holmes sent to his university of colorado psychiatrist. defense attorneys charge that it was the prosecution that leaked the contents, and is calling witnesses today to track who handled it once it was discovered in the school's ma
about the civil war in syria. we'll talk about the royal baby coming soon. first we want to get right to zoraida sambolin for an update on the day's top stories. >> soledad, the fiscal cliff debacle, with 28 days remaining before drastic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, a republican spending plan has been rejected by the white house. brianna keilar is live from washington. what now, brianna? >> well, right now it's about the pressure building and the clock kicking, zoraida. as house republicans in the white house try to ultimately broker a deal between two very different plans. house speaker john boehner's counteroffer, if you take a look at the headlines from this $800 billion in what would be savings from tax reform. so that is new tax revenue. but not done by increasing income tax rate on the wealthiest. but instead by closing tax loopholes, eliminating tax credits. and also $600 billion in health savings. that's what you'd get from entitlement reform. from reforming medicare, and doing some cuts there under this plan. but compare it to the white house plan, very different
to end the civil war in syria. now, remember, both russia and china have blocked u.n. attempts to force out the assad regime. now the russians say they are willing to meet with the syrian opposition. it could open the door for real u.n. action on the ground, action that could mean american involvement. we've got more details in a live report in just a minute. >>> but also, russia's president formally saying no to americans who want to adopt russian children. it is a heartbreaking development for hundreds of americans who are trying to adopt children from russian orphana orphanages. that is happening right now. president vladimir putin signed the adoption ban today. sadly, more than 50 americans who were in the final stages of adopting russian children, they are not going to be able to. and while those families certainly hoping that they're going to allow these adoptions to go through, the country's child rights commissioner says that those kids are going to stay in russia. so why are the russians doing this? the ban is considered a payback of sorts for an american law that was passed tw
about the crisis in syria as nbc news learns the syrian military is awaiting final orders to use chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous
. >>> to a pair of startling and devastating attacks in syria. it was a couple of hours ago. nine people, six of them children, were killed. this was in a raid on a bakery. that is according it to an opposition group. the attack comes a day after more than 100 folks died at another bakery. this is when planes dropped bombs as they were waiting in line for bread. we have the story, and we want to warn you that some of the these pictures are graphic. >> reporter: a voice filled with horror, a scene full of carnage. a massacre screams the man. they targeted the bakery. a bakery where hungry civilians had been standing in line to get bread. one eyewitness reached via skype described the grizzly aftermath. >> translator: from 200 meters away i could see corpses as i walked towards the bakery. the people cannot be described. bodies piled on top of each other. it was an impossible scene. there was no word to describe it. >> reporter: he says he was one of the first on the scene filmed this video. the wounded are carried away as rebels and civilians dig up mangled corpses from the rubble. shock and g
coming out of syria. the one of the regime's staunchest allies is signaling a possible change in position. we'll tell you who it is and what it could mean for president bashar al-assad coming up. gregg: a surfer fighting off a shark after having part of his hand literally ripped off. we'll tell you how he managed to save his own life and how his friends helped to save him as well. >> they did a marvelous job as well hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios gregg: ♪ dominic the donkey ♪. gregg: it is not at sight you see every day. dominic the donkey going for a stroll in indianapolis of all places. giving a cop a tough time trying to catch her. galloping around what appears to be a parking lot. >> she doesn't seem like she is bothering too many people. we keep getting calls about her. we need to get close to her. >> you will not get that close to her. i tried three days. she is wild. first time she got loose. when she get loose she enjoy her freedom and d
, as well. there's the chemical weapons threat in syria. and the fiscal cliff countdown. 25 days now. >> absolutely. >>> let's get right to the breaking news out of japan overnight. the powerful earthquake, shaking up the country. sam has been tracking it all. and joins us now with the very latest. sam? >> just imagine how frightening that night and morning was. we're talking about friday by the time we get to japan. a 7.3 earthquake kicks off the northern east coast of japan. if this coastline looks very familiar to you, it's because just last year there was a 9.0 quake there. that's the one that triggered not only the earthquake -- but the tsunami and then the nuclear disaster in fukushima. to compare the two, this one is much, much weaker. this sent a wall of water towards the coastline. but this one did trigger a tsunami warning. at points, there was a six-foot tsunami expected. actually, a three-foot wave, wall of water did work along the coastline. the tsunami warnings are canceled right now. let me show you all of the video coming out. this is from sendai. you realize, you see
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, to the other crisis capturing the world's attention. new concerns that syria may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels, trying to overthrow the country's government. today, neighboring turkey, is asking nato for patriot missiles to defend itself as a precaution. president obama has warned syria the u.s. will respond if chemical weapons are employed. >>> back in this country, federal health officials say the flu season is already here. it's the earliest start in nearly a decade. and take a look at this map. widespread flu already being reported from tennessee into the deep south, texas, missouri and georgia not far behind. this year's strain could be dangerous for children and the elderly. doctors' advice here, get your flu shots. >>> meanwhile here in new york, police trying to find the man in this subway surveillance video, arguing with another man in the middle of the day. seconds later, he pushed that man into the path of an oncoming train. the man was killed. police are checking other video, hoping to find a clear image of the killer. no word on what the two were arguing abo
in liberating libya. we are now thinking about deploying defense missiles on the turkish border with syria. we're putting forces into the western pacific because of north korea, they may launch a missile as a test object. we have china, which could have a defense establishment on budgetary terms larger than our own with capabilities that we may not be able to match. we are the only one that is "x," but that may not be enough. host: right-wing radical on twitter says, we agree to bring the troops home and spending money here. leave the world be. republican caller. caller: i agree with right-wing radical. bring the troops home. i specifically wanted to ask about the militarization of our police department and our sheriffs departments. i am calling from fredericksburg, virginia. we have a swat teams that are running drones. what about homeland security and all this apparatus we are using? isn't that just switching from the cost of the military to homeland security, which president bush did not want? how was the war financed? i know that george bush did not credit on the baseline pentagon budget,
's mother, sister, two daughters and his wife are all in syria right now. we hope they're safe tonight and we'll keep in touch as best we can. >> we're following other important stories, isha sesay joins us with a 360 bulletin. >> the 23-year-old rape victim indians call damini has died in a hospital. the attack, a vicious rape, on a new dehli bus. six suspects, including the bus driver, have been arrested. >>> nelson mandela's granddaughter has asked the public to stop spreading rumors that he's close to death. calling them hurtful and insensitive. she says the former south african president is doing well and is aware of what is being said about him. he had gallstone surgery earlier this month and is back home now. >>> george h.w. bush's spokesman said the former president continues to improve and his doctors are cautiously optimistic that his current course of treatment will be effective. he has been at methodist hospital for more than a month. he's been in intensive care since sunday. >>> it's now confirmed that 15 tornadoes hit alabama alone on christmas, including the one shown he
kind of action. and i am very interested in the way that syria is being approached. in terms of really using -- i teach a course on the national security toolbox. and we look at the various aspects of this, and what's happening is, the u.s. government and the international community is using the tools, operating internationally, getting international pressure, a variety of sanctions that are tighter and tighter. humanitarian assistance and saying that no options are off the table. so i know people talk about appeasement. it has nothing to do -- you know, assad may be a terrible, but he's not hitler. and it's not the same as when the western powers were basically trying to figure out how not to do anything over czechoslovakia, and here we really are trying to do something and being fairly good and calibrated about it. and then a lesson that colin powell really made at every meeting was, if you're going to go in, you've got to figure out how to get out. you've always got to have an exit strategy. so i think there are lessons to be learned, not just from munich, but from all the things th
. that is not for news. -- foreign news. "the times" is in places like iraq, syria, pakistan, afghanistan. they have embedded people that have knowledge of languages, they have saved houses, translators, armored cars in some cases, bodyguards, and even when they send people into a place like syria, their own medical personnel. they are really the only paper that does for news at that level, or close. "the washington post" has often had this polite idea that all they have to do for for news is it to the ambassadors in washington or go to the u.n. they are going to do the washington news, right? the beltway. but they do not do for news, and they are historic we probably the second best paper in the country. one of the ways, if they survive, ultimately, the people who steal their foreign news will have to pay for it. none of the major networks are doing foreign news at this level. although, i did want to say something to be fair. last night, cnn had people in syria. that was the most impressive thing that i have seen outside of "the new york times" in a very long time. they had somebody in the north of
announced the u.s. will recognize syria's main opposition group as the country's legitimate representative. it's the latest move to force dictator bashar al assad from power. >>> meanwhile, here at home, a natural gas explosion near charleston, west virginia, set off the fire you see here. it scorched a busy highway, destroyed at least four homes. several people were rushed to the hospital because of heavy smoke inhalation. but no one was seriously hurt. no word on why the 20-inch gas line exploded. >>> meanwhile, new claims this morning that fedex may have been overcharging its customers and doing it for years. internal e-mails recently made public for a lawsuit show a sales executive believed the company was systemically overcharging business customers. but when he told his bosses, he claims they looked the other way. fedex denies it, saying the e-mails don't tell the entire story. >>> and pope benedict just hit 1 million followers on twitter. and he marked the occasion today, sending his very first tweet. saying, and i quote, dear friends, i am pleased to get in touch with you through t
's gotten the message. it's clear that the opposition continues to make gains in syria. our concern is if they feel like the regime is threatened with collapse, that they might resort to these kinds of weapons. >> the syrians have been loading rockets with deadly sirin gas that they could use against rebels. >>> the brother of mexican american singing sensation jenni rivera is not giving up hope she is still alive. >> in our eyes we have faith my sister will be okay. we have no confirmation of her body being recovered dead or alive. >> rivera's private jet went outside monterrey, mexico. she and six other people on board are believed to be dead. her mangled driver's license and clothing were found at the crash site. no bodies recovered. >>> senator john mccain wants a seat on the foreign relations committee after the new year, setting up a showdown with susan rice. it overseas the state department. if susan rice is nominated to be secretary of state, mccain would be in a position to question her during nomination hearings. mccain has been a big critic of rice, suggesting she misled
unaccounted for. >>> now we turn to syria, where christians are praying for peace in their war-torn country on this christmas day. because of security reasons, churches hosted christmas eve services at 5:00 last night, not at midnight. the state department has condemned in the strongest terms the recent wave of bombings that have targeted civilians launched by the assad regime. >>> pope benedict xvi called for prayers for syrians and others in the middle east living in conflict. his christmas message opened with a traditional latin wish for peace, especially to those who live and suffer in places where christ lived. the pope expressed hope that people caught up in the high tech world find room in their hearts for god. >>> thousands of christian pilgrims celebrated mass in bethlehem this morning, the town where it is believed christ was born. the holiday was especially joyous on the west bank after the united nations recognized palestine as an independent state. >>> here in the u.s., it is a day for worship, for exchanging gifts, getting together with family and friends and planning a return
stilli still happening today in syria and egypt and darfur. >> when we see images of the american south with the two different water fountains, the colored water fountain and the whites only water fountain. and we think about that as some odd historical curiosity. that only went out of existence 50 or 60 years ago. apartheid is a much more recent story. >> my photo class came here really to broaden our perspective on photography and politics and just humanity in general. because that will influence how we seat world. >> when you're seeing the terrified faces of all these people that are going through the protests, and all the people being carried off bloody after being shot by police in peaceful protests, it just shows the world that ignorance really does have its own effect. >> by looking at the images you can kind of see the raw emotions, the expresses of the people, and you could feel what they're feeling and feel their pain, see their anxiety. >> growing up with a white parent and a black parent, it's kind of different for me to see that it's so hard for these two races to get along
as we reported them here on "today." >> the civil war in syria is worsening. >> international pressure is mounting on president bashar al assad to stop his bloody crackdown. >> all we want is help. >> i've seen bodies on the ground. >> fear grows over the regime's potential use of chemical weapons. >> assad's army is slowly falling to pieces, but sosyria. >> breaking news, nbc news's richard engel and his crew were held captive for five days. >> it's good to be here. i'm very happy. >> a u.s. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians during a shooting spree in afghanistan. >> tell me what you believe. >> i just don't think he was involved. >> anti-american protesters attack a u.s. consulate in libya. >> the u.s. ambassador and three others are dead. >> the world needs more chris stevens. >> this is a spontaneous reaction to a video. >> it was a very obscure online movie. >> do you believe that ambassador stevens was the intended target of terrorists? >> i do. >> the white house is now classifying the deadly attack as a terrorist attack. >> i relied solely and squarely on the information
've got the looming fiscal cliff, unrest overseas in egypt and syria. lots to talk about with politics to the macks. get it? that's my new title. wrapping up their time in office is husband and wife team connie mack of california and representative mary mack of florida. senator bob corker on sunday seemed to be setting a conciliatory tone between republicans, saying, yes, maybe in fact these tax hikes for the wealthy will go through. let's play a little bit of what he said first. >> there is a growing group of folks that are looking at this and realizing we don't have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year end. a lot of people are putting forth a theory -- and i actually think it has merit -- where you go ahead and give the president the 2% increase that he's talking about. it's actually much lesser tax increase than what he's been talking about. the focus then shifts to entitlements, and maybe that puts us in a place where we actually can do something that really saves this nation. >> so it sounds like maybe the tax cuts that we've been talking about. what do you th
was rescued, but the navy seal was shot and he died from his injuries. >>> a former top general in syria's chemical weapons program confirming our worst fears. major general silo has, quote, no doubt that president assad will use chemical weapons on his own people. he says he's desperate to cling to power and crush the uprising that started almost two years ago. he accuses assad's forces of already spraying pesticides and dropping phosphorous. >>> the archaeologist who discovered the titanic on the ocean floor says noah's ark happened. the black sea was once fresh water lake overrun by an enormous wall of water from the rising mediterranean sea. he found new evidence of that 400 feet below the surface of the modern day black sea. and those are your headlines. >> steve: that's great. meanwhile, later on today, the michigan house of representatives is going to take up two bills. they were passed by the state senate in michigan on thursday. their right to work bills. what they would do is make effectively michigan the 24th right to work state in the country, which means you would not have t
gushed over bashir al assad. he's been silent ever since about what's going on in syria. >> brian: the president has been hands off with the state department b. who knows. let's talk about the senate seat he would leave behind. they have 160 days to fill it. scott brown lost by eight. but scott brown favorables in massachusetts were very high. >> right. what happened is that he was elected to replace ted kennedy in a unique january election. there were only 2.2 million voters turned u. this past november was a presidential year. extra million voters turned out. those are the people rush calls low information voters. he brown got 350,000 more votes, but got swamped by elizabeth warren. niece pretty good shape, unless the governor appoints somebody and there is no primary. what scott needs is a divisive democratic primary like he got in 2009 after ted kennedy's death. >> brian: you said you spoke to him last night. what does he see as a scenario that could happen, 'cause people are talk being vicky kennedy, ted kennedy's widow, maybe patrick picking himself to run. >> i don't think
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